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Ayesha Naseem Retires as Pakistan Women’s Squad for Asian Games 2023 is Revealed

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced the squad for the 2023 Asian Games for Pakistan Women and confirmed the news of Ayesha Naseem retires.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has named their women’s squad for the upcoming Asian Games in Hangzhou. The women’s matches are scheduled to be played between September 19 and 26.

Pakistan’s women’s cricket team holds the distinction of being the sole side to have secured a gold medal at the Asian Games. They achieved this remarkable feat by winning at both Guangzhou in 2010 and Incheon in 2014.

The side will be led by Nida Dar, and the squad will also include prominent names such as Diana Baig, Aliya Riaz, Fatima Sana, Muneeba Ali, Nashra Sandhu, and Omaima Sohail. Additionally, Syeda Aroob Shah, who captained Pakistan in the Under-19 World Cup earlier this year, will make a comeback to the senior side after not having played for them since 2020.

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However, they will be without Bismah Maroof, who has opted out due to the Asian Games’ policy that “does not allow athletes to carry their children.”

Pakistan squad for Asian Games 2023: 

  • Nida Dar (c)
  • Aliya Riaz,
  • Anoosha Nasir
  • Diana Baig
  • Fatima Sana
  • Muneeba Ali
  • Najiha Alvi
  • Nashra Sandhu
  • Nataliya Parvaiz
  • Omaima Sohail
  • Sadaf Shamas
  • Shawaal Zulfiqar
  • Sidra Amin
  • Syeda Aroob Shah
  • Umm-e-Hani.

Head coach: Mark Coles. Bowling coach: Saleem Jaffer. Fielding coach: Mohtashim Rasheed. Physiotherapist: Rifat Gill. Manager: Ayesha Ashhar.

Reports had been circulating regarding the news of Ayesha Naseem retires, Pakistan’s wonder teen who had mesmerized the cricket fraternity during Pakistan’s tour of Australia in 2022/23.

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According to a Cricbuzz report, Ayesha had conveyed to the PCB that she wanted to retire from the game for religious reasons. And then, the board had been making efforts to have her reconsider the decision.

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In their press release, the PCB confirmed that Ayesha expressed her desire to retire from the game, and the board accepted her decision. Furthermore, Tania Mallick, the head of women’s cricket, conveyed the board’s wishes for her luck and added that the PCB understands and respects her decision to quit the game for personal reasons.

Additionally, Naseem easily held the record for being the fastest scorer in Pakistan’s T20I history, having scored her 369 runs at an impressive strike rate of 128. None of her compatriots managed to score even at 116, and if one considers a 50-run cut-off, no one had struck at even 101.

With 18 sixes to her credit (in 27 innings), she already holds the second-highest number of sixes for Pakistan. To provide perspective, Dar, the only other Pakistani player with more sixes, has hit 27 in 115 innings.

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